Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
So often I want to blame my failures on the devil or someone else. But just like in this story, Eve played right into his hand. Eve was already upset, feeling aggravated, not agreeing with the premise that she understood from God.
Satan really doesn’t have to work that hard to get her to sin. He basically prods her and she reacts. He gets a statement from her, adds his own, and she goes deeper, and so on!
How many times have I already been having a bad attitude, feeling slighted or whatever and then the devil so easily pushed me overboard. I fell into sin. I was tempted and messed up but the truth is that I was already in a mess.
It takes two to tango was what I heard all the time as a kid. It was evidently a dance that requires two participants. I can easily see that in Eve’s temptation and fall and it makes me sit up and examine myself and how I get tempted!